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SEMA 2016 Recap

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sema-2016-6064If you are an automotive enthusiast, then you know the mecca of car events, SEMA. We’ve covered it through the years and since the recession, it has gotten bigger and bigger every year. This year SEMA celebrates it’s 50th year and without a doubt, it’s also a reunion of current and past partners. It’s a week where you can gorge on 50 dollar buffet dinners and not feel too guilty because you’re walking an average of 10 miles a day. With over 3000 vehicles, it’s easy to miss a good amount. therefore. you walk though the halls and snap whatever catches your attention.

For example, the field-savaged, body-dropped, rotary-powered, 510 built by Twisted Images, sitting low on AirLift suspension and classic BBS wheels.sema-2016-6236

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Thanh’s Scion FR-S built by Auto Tuned in Monrovia, and styled by Fatlace with a Ilene million-piece kit. Twiggy’s FR-S sits on AIrLIft Performance Suspension on custom Rotiform WGR wheels and powered by Sprinted Supercharger.sema-2016-6118

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This copper and black Cadillac sled was tucked away in the North hall, which was accompanied by this nicely built bike.sema-2016-6103

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AirLift Performance had an ultra-wide RWB Porsche with Rotiform wheels and an 80’s classic BMW E30 on Rotiform Wheels. OMG!sema-2016-6153

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Mikey made waves in Toyo Tires booth with his 997 fitted with a Old&New kit from Japan. A kit which resembles the 930 slantnose Porsches of the 70’s and 80’s. It’s a Porsche that I always admired, especially in the Targa form. Ah, 911 Targa Slantnose, YUM!sema-2016-6197

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Ace Wheels / AMF Forged teamed up with Kuhl Racing and stopped anyone in their tracks. The hand-carved GTR and STi, were just amazing!sema-2016-6190

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Japanifornia, a Dodge Charger on TE’s. Oh, Yeah!sema-2016-6205

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Too fresh is Ryan Tureks Ferrari powered 86. LS What?sema-2016-6111

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The Tjin Edition Explorer made its debut in Falken Tire’s booth as you enter the North Hall and Gold Parking lot. It sports a matching Honda Quad.sema-2016-6063

Gene’s Civic Si.sema-2016-6162

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Fortune’s Cinemamotive Focus front and center in Ford’s booth.sema-2016-6098

WD-40 Camaro, designed by Neil Tjin of Tjin Edition at PowerNation TV for SEMA Cares. The 1967 Camaro will be auctioned off at Barrett Jackson in Scottsdale and the proceeds will go to Childhelp, a non-profit organization aiding victims of child abuse.sema-2016-6219

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From a technology stand-point. I couldn’t get my eye’s off AccuAir’s ENDO Series of modular air tanks. Seriously, an air suspension game changer, again!sema-2016-6137

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Dump Trucks, Yea! Can go wrong with slammed x boost!sema-2016-6082

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And… I’m going to leave you with some NsEX!sema-2016-6172

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Thanks for checking out the feed, now unto the rest of the gallery! Have a great day! -Denny @dayuumden

Scott VanderHeide – Nissan Raceshop – B13 Sentra SE-R

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My fondest memory of a Nissan Sentra was in the 90’s when my buddy Armando had a crew called Insane Racing in North Carolina. In his crew, there was a black Sentra SE-R owned by Chris Argo. Given the popularity of Honda’s and Acura’s at that time, the Nissan Sentra was overlooked on both style and performance. Even though the sleeper SE-R boasted 140HP with its 2.0L 4-cylinder engine, the Acura Integra’s (non-VTec) 142HP was still a more popular choice. Before the black Sentra was boosted, it was juicing a happy 125-150HP shot of nitrous via direct-port. While some of the Honda blocks had a hard time keeping things together, the solid deck block of the SR20DE held up with ease even with the combo of boost and juice. That’s when I became impressed with the SE-R and the SR20DE block.

Katelin_Southern-0195We met Scott VanderHeide while interviewing his race mate and girlfriend Kerryann De La Cruz, Scott had a Sentra that he was re-building. In fact, we had to push it that night of the filming for some reason. At the time, It was solid red with a few hand crafted Home Depot mods to assist with airflow and cooling.

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Scott_Nissan-5240In 2013, Scott fully committed into completing the Sentra for competition. The commitment morphed the Sentra into a beast with a new graphics package by Gatorwraps and aero package by Andy Turlo of Robispec. An APR Performance GTC-200 rear wing was added as well. Scott chose a combination of KSport Coilovers, Whiteline sway bars with bushings, and Team Dynamic Pro Race wheels attached to Toyo R888 to keep the Sentra on the track. The larger Wilwood brake helps Scott hone in his braking target.

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Scott_Nissan-5269The factory motor was quickly replaced by an SR20DET from a Japanese spec Pulsar GTiR, but even in stock trim it couldn’t meet the demands Scott was looking for. The internals were swapped for stronger JE Pistons and a Synergy 20G turbocharger was added. At the time of the shoot, Scott was still waiting for the Garrett GTX3067R turbocharger to land into his hands. A few goodies from Turbosmart was added on to regulate pressure and boost, while a Godspeed intercooler lowers the intake temp.

While i’m only slightly capable of describing how Scott started racing to the ladies, Scott was kind enough to give us a few words during his downtime.

DaYUUM: When did you start getting involved with cars?
Scott: I’ve pretty much always been involved with cars in some way or another.  My dad used to take me go-kart racing when I was younger and I always kind of had a knack for it.  At 16 years old I bought my first car…a brand new 1990 Nissan 240sx way before it was cool ($11,500 – 1 at this price).  During my teens and early 20’s, I didn’t own a car for more than 2 years…I was always on to the next car and modifications!

DaYUUM: How did you get involved into motorsports?
Scott: My first job out of college was working with the Marlboro Team Penske Racing Team. I performed onsite marketing/promotions with the team as we followed the C.A.R.T. circuit which then merged with Indy Racing.  We also worked a promotional program funded by Philip Morris and Marlboro.  I was part of the staff at the Marlboro Racing School.  One of the bonuses of working with the team was that we always rotated the staff into the school as students.  I was able to get a free education in car control on the job…the rest I think I just learned through Osmosis!  Honestly, you can’t work in this field without catching the bug.  After 6 years of traveling with the team, I took a good paying stationary job where I was able to build my own car and start racing for fun.  After that…it just became a disease.  I compare it to any addiction…drugs, alcohol, gambling, racing…all the same stuff!  After five years out of the industry…I became bored.  I don’t make half as much money as I used to…but at least I get to work in this industry again…and I wouldn’t change a thing!

DaYUUM: What other motor sports have you been involved with? Either for fun or competition?
Scott: I started with Auto-X and quickly got bored with it.  Seriously….in a full day, you’d get less than 10 minutes of actual driving! And then they made you work!  I soon worked my way into open track days with Redline Track Events and Speed Ventures.  2+ hours of driving in a day…and I could relax between sessions…yeah that’s the ticket!   Then Redline created their first Time Attack event and I decided to give it a shot.  It was so much fun that I continued to go, learn, and progress as their events did the same. The best part about being out at the track is the friendships I have made throughout the years.  Heck, I even met the most amazing woman in the world at a Redline Time Attack event 5 years ago…and she is still here by my side.  I even have Time Attack to thank for my career in this industry.  I met the owner of Fontana Nissan, Mike Cronin Jr. at an event at Buttonwillow Raceway…which resulted in the position I hold today.
DaYUUM: Tell me the services that Nissan RaceShop provides.
Scott: NissanRaceShop is the Motorsports/Performance division of Fontana Nissan.  We specialize in aftermarket performance parts for Nissans and Infinti’s.  Although we don’t limit ourselves to those makes…a lot of our customers drive other makes and models.  With the support of the owners of Fontana Nissan (Family Owned), we have a huge amount of freedom with this department and offer a huge variety of aftermarket and OEM parts and Genuine Accessories.  We are a small crew of true automotive enthusiasts that actually use the parts we sell.  Race on Sunday…Sell on Monday.  We live this statement!  Our service department is also a Mod-Friendly Service Center.  Its not uncommon to see 4-5 R35 GT-R’s getting serviced here, full blown race cars getting track prepped and aligned, lifted Off-Road Trucks, and even Herra-Frush cars too!  No, really…we actually welcome Modified Cars here 😉

DaYUUM: How did you decide on the platform you have now to compete.
Scott: After racing my 05 Subaru STi for the previous 5 years, I was able to accomplish many goals…but it was time to move on.  With the new position as Motorsports Director, I felt it was in the best interest of the store that I pilot some sort of Nissan.  I firmly believe that it brings legitimacy when I can talk to my customers and explain what parts I recommend and show that I use the exact parts on my own race car.  I found this car as a rolling chassis from a gentleman in Las Vegas that had already gutted and caged the car…it was a good start.  This build was meant to be a budget build…even though it has been nothing but budget!  I guess it never is when it comes to racing.  The B13 Sentra really is a good platform…its light, nimble, and has a pretty good aftermarket available to it.

Scott’s sponsors include: Fontana Nissan, NissanRaceShop.com, OSR Dyno, Robispec, Turbo by Garrett, Jordan Innovations, Toyo Tires, Team Dynamics, Whiteline Suspension, Turbosmart USA, KSport Suspension, Sparco USA, Buddy Club USA, Gatorwraps, APR Performance, AEM Electronics, Mishimoto, JE Pistons, and Wolf Technology

Other mods include:

Engine:
Snow Performance Water/Methanol Injection
RC Engineering 1000cc injectors
Tuning by Reggie Youmans of OSR Dyno in Fontana, CA

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AEM EMS-4 Stand Alone ECU
AEM Gauges – Water Temp, Oil Temp, Oil Pressure
Snow Performance Water/Meth Controller
Turbosmart Electronic Boost Controller
All wiring by Jeff Jordan of Jordan Innovations

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Buddy Club P1 Race Seats
Sparco 6 point harness
Sparco Competition Wheel with Quick Release
Custom 6 Point Cage
Dash wrapped with Suede

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Fastbrakes Wilwood big brake kit up front (Thank you Mike Kojima!)

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Seibon Carbon Fiber Hood
Seibon Carbon Fiber Trunk
Extreme Dimensions R33 Style Front Bumper

 

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Scott_Nissan-5309In closing, Scott would like acknowledge the following:
I would like to thank all of my valuable sponsors that make it possible for me to do what I love. Special thanks to my pit crew, Robert Krencik, Chris Heimburg, Aaron Singh, and Albert Castaneda. You guys bust your asses to make sure I can drive the car safely on track…I’d be nothing without you guys! Reggie Youmans and his crew at OSR Dyno for putting in tons of hard work prepping the motor and tuning before we head to the track. Also thanks to Andy Turlo and Robert Fuller of Robispec for dialing in my suspension and aerodynamics. And of course, my beautiful girlfriend, photographer, and hype woman, Kerryann…I’m the luckiest guy in the world! And thank you to the guys at DaYUUM! For always showing your support!

If you feel the need to stalk or to keeps tabs on what Scott and Kerryann are doing, then check out their site www.scottandkerryann.com. It’s pretty hilarious because they video tape the most random stuff and talk about cool things and completely nonsense. It’s worth checking out – I got hooked on it – Episode 1 was hilarious.

Thank  you Scott for your time and always supporting us! -@DaYUUMDen

Jon Sibal – Up Close and Personal – JONSIBAL DESIGNWORKS

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About a week ago, we were lucky enough to get some seat time with the talented Jon Sibal. Some of you may have never seen his face, but you have most likely seen some of his work. He’s a bit of a mystery.

Jon has done several comic books and automotive renderings for companies such as, DC, Meguiar’s, LeftLaneNews, RWB, and many more.

You will also find Jon’s creative designs in many automotive publications.

Jon is humble, friendly, and prefers to stay behind-the-scenes rather than in front of it as his work speaks for itself.

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DaYUUM: Hi Jon, thank you for your time. Tell us a little bit about JONSIBAL Designworks
Jon Siball: Thanks Denny. JONSIBAL Designworks focuses on Automotive designs and Illustrations. We design concept renderings, liveries, to full body kits for clients all over the world.

DaYUUM: How did you get into automotive designs and illustrations? We hear you also do some dabbling with comics, do you care to  elaborate on that?
Jon Sibal: Drawing cars has always been something that I enjoyed since I was young. When I was finally able to afford my own car, it became the subject of my many artworks. Being in the import scene here in So. Cal, it was crucial for me personally to have a unique ride. I liked a lot of different body kits in the market but at that time, nothing really stood out. So I started mixing up different body parts and combining it with my own designs. It would be very expensive to just fork out the money to buy these parts without knowing if it will look good or not so I went and learned Photoshop so I can create a photo-realtistic rendering of what my car would look like. I also learned that this helped tremendously with conveying my vision to my body shop. This worked out well and started to do more automotive designs from there.

I’m a comic book artist by trade, since 1992. I started with Image Comics working with Top Cow and Extreme Studios. Then later went freelance and worked for Marvel Comics and DC Comics.

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The Avengers

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Tomb Raider
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Midnight Nation
Darkness

The last book I worked on was the graphic novel BATMAN Earth One with Gary Frank written by Geoff Johns. Although currently, most of my work is Automotive-related, I still love working on Comics as much as drawing cars. It’s truly a blessing to do both.

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(INKS Courtesy of Jon Sibal)

DaYUUM: Impressive resume! Were you the type of student that doodled on your book covers and folders? And did you ever think as a kid you were going to illustrate as a career?
Jon Sibal: Yeah def got in trouble as my notebooks were filled with “Voltes V” drawings.

I never really thought this is what I would be doing as a career. If you’re Filipino, you pursue Nursing lol j/k. I probably should’ve have as it’s better pay and benefits. But in all seriousness, although there are plenty of challenges, I love what I do and wouldn’t trade it for anything else.

DaYUUM: What inspirations did you have growing up? Personally I loved Voltron, Transformers, and Spiderman.
Jon Sibal: My biggest influences and inspirations came from the Japanese Anime in the late ’70s to the early ’80s. From Voltes V to Mazinger Z , you name it, I was captivated by them.

DaYUUM: Let me Google on who those are and maybe I can produce amazing art… haha… You’re big into the automotive scene and you currently produce a ton of renderings for clients. Tell us a little bit on how you start your latest projects.
Jon Sibal: Haha, yeah, if you’re pinoy and you grew up there during that time, those were you’re heroes no doubt! Every project requires a different approach but most starts with a lot of research and studying about the subject matter.

DaYUUM: Let’s talk about your Challenger, how do you start the project and how do you decide what parts are installed on it.
Jon Sibal: Pretty much the same way actually. I’d like to do a lot of reading and researching before I move forward with any upgrades/ mods. This part of the process gives me a basic knowledge of my options. Then it’s a matter of figuring out the proper combination of parts for cohesiveness.

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DaYUUM: You seem pretty in tune with fit and finish. The colors on your challenger is a  nice matte black with gloss stripes on them. Is that a wrap? Also, tell us a little about your wheel and suspension combination.
Jon Sibal: It is a wrap courtesy of WRAPTIVO from Meguiar’s. It’s a 3M Matte Black with DINOC film on the roof of the car. To break it up a bit, I had Josh Daley from Daley Visual apply a Gloss Black racing stripe across the front and rear end of the car.

The wheels are SSR SP1 Professor 3-pc wheels specifically made for this application. They were powder coated in Vintage Matte Gold to give the car that retro look. The suspension is from Air Runner air suspension with a capability of adjusting ride height via iPhone.

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DaYUUM: Awesome, JDM parts on a domestic car must ruffle some feathers with the purists. What do you have as power adders for engine?
Jon Sibal: Yeah I got some heat from those who didn’t like the idea of Japanese wheels on Domestics but the SSR SP1 5-spoke designs combined with a step lip barrels were exactly what I wanted. I’m just glad that they made it in 20″ and in 5×115 bolt pattern.

The added power comes via Vortech Supercharger, certainly one of the mods that made me fall in love with this car again.

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DaYUUM: How much boost are you running? And, how did it change the drivability of it?
Jon Sibal: The system is set at 7psi. The drivability when off-boost didn’t change much actually. Very civil on the streets until you stomp on the gas pedal and boost kicks in. Then the size of your grin becomes proportion to the RPM and Speed lol.

DaYUUM: Vroom vroom… haha.. One last question, what new build can we see from JonSibal in the near future? Any personal builds in the pipeline?
Jon Sibal: There are plenty of builds I wanna do but then reality kicks in and I realized I’m broke so I think I’m just gonna try to get my E36 back up and running someday.

DaYUUM: Is there anyone you would like to thank? A mentor? Anyone?
Jon Sibal: I wanna thank everyone that had supported me, my family, friends, my car crew and to all my sponsors that believed in my vision. And above all, I thank God for all of it.

Thanks Jon, we appreciate your time and good luck to you on all your future projects. To browse Jon’s work, you can find him on his social outlets.  FACEBOOK , Twitter and Instagram at @jonsibal, or at www.jonsibal.com

Thank you!

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For some dynamic visual stimulation check out the works of Mikey Dang

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